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Leadership: Putting Insights Into Action Sept/Oct 2020

Technology Adoption Has to Start at the Top – Addressing the Technology Adoption Gap By Paul Hogendoorn It’s been an interesting summer, to say the least. The challenges, solutions and new outcomes brought about by the sudden change in our world are wide ranging, and what ‘normal’ is in the future will be different than […]

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M & A 101: Lessons Learned From Decades of Deals Sept/Oct 2020

The Brokerage Scam Harness manufacturers often ask me about frequently receiving letters or emails from entities claiming to have a buyer interested in acquiring their company. Are these communications legit, they want to know. In almost every case, the answer is no. Instead, these letters and emails are being sent by disreputable individuals and firms […]

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WHMA Wired-In Sept/Oct 2020

Wired In – Sept/Oct 2020 By Christine Siebert We are all busy professionals and as busy professionals; we know that it is hard to take time to attend off-site classes/trainings. I mean who can take 3-4 days to attend a training or send our team off-site to attend. The hard part is that most of the […]

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Wire Wisdom – Anixter- Sept/Oct 2020 – How Flame-Retardant Cable Insulations Work

How Flame-Retardant Cable Insulations Work Choosing the correct flame-retardant insulation for your application depends on the electrical and physical requirements of the application. It’s important to evaluate these requirements carefully since flame-retardant compounds can affect critical properties, such as flexibility, abrasion resistance, installation, temperature requirements, electrical properties, life expectancy, pulling lubes to be used and […]

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Wire Harness Testing Evolution and the Advent of Test Fixtures

Wire Harness Testing Evolution The Advent of Test Fixtures Increasing demand for accelerated error free production of wire harness has impacted every area of the process.  Testing is no exception.  Once a slow and simplistic manual point to point operation, testing has now become a sophisticated, computerized and efficiency focused process that is expected by […]

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Schleuniger Group Acquires Cirris Systems

Schleuniger Group Acquires Cirris Systems  After many years of cooperation, the Schleuniger Group and Cirris Systems Corp. have signed an agreement for Schleuniger to acquire Cirris, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, on the basis of an asset deal. The transaction is expected to be concluded in the third quarter of 2020 and the new […]

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Back to Basics Sept/Oct 2020 – Strain Relief

Strain-Relief: Design Tips for Durability and Aesthetic Appeal  You reach over to plug in your phone, and you feel that spark – and not in a good “I love this product!” kind of way. The wire is broken, and yet another charging cable is about to make its way to a landfill, while you have […]

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4 Ways Industrial Manufacturing Companies Can Recover from COVID-19

4 Ways Industrial Manufacturing Companies Can Recover from COVID-19 By Atul Minocha, Dawn Werry, and Kimberly Miller When the pandemic first hit, the industrial manufacturing sector was changing daily. Now, at the start of the recovery phase, the whole industry is adapting. Some companies have had to find completely new markets for their products, while […]

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Light Weight and Normal Weight Wire Construction in Aerospace Wiring

Light Weight and Normal Weight Wire Construction in Aerospace Wiring By Michael Traskos – Lectromec Saving weight is a large part of any aircraft design. Naturally, the electrical system is not exempt from the goal of shaving off a couple of pounds. This often comes in the form of looking for lighter connectors, lighter clamps, […]

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Improving Outcomes for Our Clients in Electronic Harness/Interconnect Manufacturing 


Improving Outcomes for Our Clients in Electronic Harness/Interconnect Manufacturing Introduction The electronics OEM industry can hugely benefit from the option of having a comprehensive solution to improve the effectiveness and accuracy of interconnect design. This is even more important for high-reliability industries where interconnections tend to be highly complex, highly sensitive (in terms of performance) and […]

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EEVision Provides Simple Visualization of CAD Data

EEVision Provides Simple Visualization of CAD Data I recently ran across a Facebook post from Sanjay Patel, CEO at EDA Direct promoting a webinar entitled, “Smart, Interactive Cable and Wiring Harness Documentation for Fast Issue Resolution.” I was obviously intrigued and contacted Sanjay. I invited him for an interview to discuss their software solution tool […]

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Company Profile: Fischer-Backus

Company Profile – Fischer Backus   Over the past decade or so, we’ve seen many wire harness and cable assembly operations change hands. Many who pioneered their businesses in the 1970’s or 80’s have passed them on to a next generation family member. Others that navigated the ups and downs have, through their hard work, […]

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Wire Wisdom – Anixter- July/August 2020 Overview of Harmonics in Electrical Systems

An Overview of Harmonics in Electrical Systems What are harmonics? In an electric power system, a har- monic is a voltage or current at a multiple of the fundamental frequency of the system. Harmonics can best be described as the shape or characteristics of a voltage or current waveform relative to its fundamental frequency. When […]

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Back To Basics July/August 2020 – Basics of Mechanical Wire Stripping 

The Basics of Mechanical Wire Stripping  Part 2 of Soldered Wire Termination Series  This is the second in a series of articles that will continue to review soldered wire terminations.  In a previous issue (March/April 2020) discussed) wire preparation, specifically thermal wire stripping, was covered.   The focus of this article will be mechanical stripping of […]

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M & A 101: Lessons Learned From Decades of Deals July/August 2020

Getting Deals Done Remotely by Loren Smith Although the pandemic has accelerated a dramatic change in the way we communicate and learn, one might assume that a process as complex and delicate as the sale of a wire harness company still demands extensive face-to-face contact. Not necessarily, as I’ll illustrate. First, however, I want to […]

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WHMA Wired-In July/August 2020

WIRED IN By Christine Siebert WHMA and IPC have launched a webinar series to discuss the widespread concern about the COVID-19 crisis. Wire harness professionals join these webinars, COVID-19: Wire Harness Leadership Forum that were held on May 7th and June 4th, to exchange valuable information with their industry peers. The topics that were discussed […]

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Leadership: Putting Insights Into Action July/August 2020

The Rule of 3’s: Insights for Recovery or Re-invention  By Paul Hogendoorn  There’s a time to brainstorm, a time to gain buy in from your leading group, and a time to act.  There are some people you can brainstorm with, some you can plan with, and some you can work with.  Facing or recovering from […]

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Trackwise Champions Improved Harness Technology™ 

Trackwise Champions Improved Harness Technology™   By Joe Tito  WHN has published several press releases covering flexible printed circuits (FPCs). The rational has been to make the industry aware of this technology as a possible replacement of traditional wire and cable harness assemblies for some traditionally wired applications. As we often see in technologies used by […]

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The Power Women of the Wire Harness Industry July/August 2020

The Power Women of the Wire Harness Industry -Christina Trussell This edition of the Power Women series features Christina Trussell, an aeronautical engineer from the Seattle, Washington area.  As a child from a military family, Christina was exposed to the Navy; her father, grandfather, and generations prior were in the military.  As a result, she […]

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Company Profile:  Qualastat 

Company Profile:  Qualastat  By Joe Tito  I remember Vernon Judy Sr. from the early days of WHMA. He was instrumental in the creation of the of the A-620 standard. He was at the very first meeting and was later asked to co-chair a committee for a number of years. He also acted as technical advisor […]

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